As we get older, our voices change. Some of this stems from other aging-related processes: we lose muscle mass, our mucous membranes thin and become drier, our lung capacity lessens, and we lose some of our fine muscle coordination. Changes can also occur in the voice box, such as vocal cord (also known as vocal fold) atrophy or bowing (presbyphonia or presbylaryngeus).
Changes in the voice as we age can include:
- Reduced volume or projection of the voice
- Reduced vocal stamina
- Voice weakness
- Higher pitch in men
- Lower pitch in women
- Tremor or shakiness of the voice
A voice evaluation can clarify your diagnosis and determine the best treatment for your condition.